It didn’t come easy but the Langley Rivermen were able to stay undefeated in regulation in Surrey tonight against the defending champion Eagles.
The Men started the scoring with a goal from Darien Craighead. It was the 16 year old’s first goal of his Junior career and what a thrill for him and his teamates as Craighead bee lined it to the net and received a beautiful pass from behind the Surrey net from Nathan Craft. Surrey would even it up at 1-1 on a goal from Danton Heinen just 2 shifts later. Heinen would cut across right on the doorstep of the Rivermen net and put it past Goaltender Brock Crossthwaite. That’s when things would turn for the worst for the Langley Rivermen. A miscue from Crossthwaite would put the Eagles up by 1 on a strange goal from Nicolas Pierog as Pierog floated a shot at the glove hand of Crossthwaite and was missed completely and finding the back of the net. Just 30 seconds later the Eagles would add another goal to round off the scoring in the first with a goal from Colton Mackie. Mackie’s goal would spell the end of the night for Crossthwaite and James Barr would come in relief to take the reigns the rest of the way. The Surrey Eagles led 3-1 after 1 period.
On to the second and the Eagles would add another to their lead just past the midway point on a power play goal from Eagles captain Brett Mulcahy. Mulcahy with nice puck movement in the slot was able to spin off a check and riffle one past James Barr to take a 4-1 lead. Then it was Langley’s turn to try and get out of the hole and Will Cook would have a partial breakaway and a great scoring chance when he was interfered with on his way to the net resulting in a penalty shot. Cook would make no mistake as he was so patient and waits for Victor Adamo to make the first move and while Adamo was down and out Cook slips it past the Eagles goaltender and narrows the gap to 4-2 after 2 periods.
The third period was probably the most exciting period of hockey we have seen so far this young season as Langley tried desperately to claw their way back into this contest and just 1:09 into the final regulation frame Chris Forney would get the Men’ within one on a powerplay goal his first of the season. To the late stages of regulation and the Men’ with the goalie pulled for the extra attacker looking for the equalizer and force this game to O.T. and on a hard wrist shot from the point from Forney and a ton of traffic in front of the Surrey net, Nathan Craft would tip the shot past Goaltender Adamo, sending this game to Overtime.
4 on 4 solved nothing so onto double overtime 3 on 3 and just 3:08 in Jonah Renouf would rip one past Barr and get the win for the Eagles in their home opener.
Final shots were 52-24 in favor of Langley.
Next up for the Langley Rivermen is a home and home against the Coquitlam Express and it gets going next Friday September 20 at the Langley Event Centre. Make sure you get your tickets ahead of time at ticketmaster.ca or call the LEC Box Office at 604-882-8800.